The UCL Institute for Cultural Heritage is at University College London in central London, England. It will be housed in a new building currently under construction, which is designed to provide a ceremonial entrance on the university's east side, which is presently lacking. (On its completion, the building will have entrances on Gower Street, Gordon Street and Gordon Square.) The building has also been referred to during the development process as the Panopticon, named for the Panopticon by Jeremy Bentham, who is associated with the college. It will have space for temporary exhibitions, a café, lecture facilities, a reading room and a display area for the University of London's collection of rare books and manuscripts.
The Institute for Cultural Heritage, will house the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the university's other museum collections. Three floors will be devoted to the Petrie Museum, and for the first time the entire collection will be on display or in visible storage.
The building received planning permission from the London Borough of Camden on 2 December 2004, preliminary construction work began on site in 2007, and the Panopticon is scheduled for completion late in 2010.